Book Review: The Carrie Diaries

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*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

Don’t let the borrow stamp fool you, this was actually a really good book. It was funny and witty and I’m excited to read the next one. However, I just can’t see myself rereading this book. Here’s why.

Carrie, although she is smart, funny, and quirky, her naivety is annoying. Her obsessive love for Sebastian is infuriating and although I’m usually all for putting others before yourself, Carrie wasn’t really selfless as much as she was a push over. All I wanted from Carrie during this book was stand up for herself and I think we get more of that towards the end but throughout the book I was constantly frustrated because I could tell what was happening but Carrie was in deep denial.

Even so, I did like this book. I think I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I watched Sex and the City beforehand but I thought it was well written and well thought out and it was interesting seeing where Carrie Bradshaw got her start. I can’t wait to find out what happens next (although I guess I kind of already do but you know what I mean).

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. I liked it a lot but I didn’t love it.

Favorite Line: 

“What if I’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?”

Stars:

4 stars

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Carrie Diaries

  1. Orly says:

    im glad you liked it. i made the mistake of watching the series before the book and now I cant read it 😦
    xo
    Orly
    coffeebeansandhighheels.com/WP/

    • Zakiya N. Jamal says:

      Yeah that’s how I feel about Vampire Diaries. I feel like I won’t like the books now that I’ve watched the show.

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